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Fix All Leaks & Install Low-Flow Aerators
Fixing even the most innocent drips from a hand sink faucet can save up to hundreds of dollars each year in water and energy. Check out the Water Leak Cost Calculator to see how much money and water you can be saving by fixing simple leaks.
You can also install low-flow hand sink aerators to curb unnecessary water consumption. Typically, hand sinks are equipped with 2.2 gpm aerators or none at all. Installation of 0.5 gpm aerators is an easy and inexpensive way to conserve water and reduce energy use. Costing only a few dollars, a single hand sink retrofitted with a 0.5 gpm aerator can reduce annual water and energy costs by $100.
Dish Machine Specification & Maintenance
In busy dish rooms, an ENERGY STAR® rated dish machine can significantly reduce hot water usage in comparison to a non-ENERGY STAR machine. Modern ENERGY STAR dish machines can use up to half the water of their non-efficient predecessors, delivering significant operating cost savings. For instance, an ENERGY STAR; rated high temperature conveyor dish machine can reduce annual energy and water costs by $3,000 in a typical full service casual dining restaurant.
Drips, worn rinse nozzles, and underutilized wash racks needlessly add to the operating cost of a dish machine. Implement a regular maintenance program for the dish machine to ensure that dollars aren't going down the drain. Key points of inspection are: rinse pressure gauge, rinse nozzles, gaskets, manual or automated solenoid valves, rinse bypass slats and wash tank and booster heater temperature set points. Further, train staff to fill each rack to capacity - you pay for every load!
Water Heaters: Regularly Inspect Temperature Pressure Relief Valves
Water Heaters are commonly hidden away in mechanical rooms allowing them to fly under the radar when implementing a water conservation program. Temperature Pressure Relief (TPR) valves are the safety mechanism that keeps modern water heaters from exploding when they become over heated. However, this device can fail over time, allowing hot water to leak unnoticed. Lastly, the water storage tank will rust out eventually - regular inspection will catch the initial signs of failure before a major leak occurs. Periodically draining the tank of a few gallons of water will prevent sediment buildup and ultimately extend the life of the storage tank.